Jeremy Mathews

Jeremy Mathews

Agrees with the Tomatometer 75% of the time.

Publications:
DVDTalk.com , Film Threat
Total Reviews:
93

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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
6.9/10 53% The Zero Theorem (2014) " The Zero Theorem is at its best when it's slyly comedic, mixing clever visual gags with its mysterious plot. When it pushes things, the tone becomes unstable, and the philosophical content falls short. " ‐ Paste Magazine
Posted Sep 18, 2014
7.6/10 71% God Help the Girl (2014) " God Help the Girl is like a pop song that is a bit unshapely and a little silly, but you can't get it out of your head. " ‐ Paste Magazine
Posted Sep 8, 2014
7.1/10 67% Memphis (2014) " Tim Sutton's movie is a relaxed, contemplative meander through the city with this man and the people in his life. " ‐ Paste Magazine
Posted Sep 4, 2014
7.1/10 92% Frank (2014) " Director Lenny Abrahamson finds plenty of humor in his band of misfit characters, but the movie doesn't treat their odd behavior as mere fodder for slapstick. The movie's heart lies in its understanding of their fragility. " ‐ Paste Magazine
Posted Aug 21, 2014
8.5/10 97% Life Itself (2014) " Life Itself may tell the story of a remarkable life, but it's at its most enlightening when dealing with death. " ‐ Paste Magazine
Posted Jul 7, 2014
5.7/10 75% The Last Sentence (2014) " The screenplay's exposition clunks along quite awkwardly, as characters find convenient reasons to spout out background information. " ‐ Paste Magazine
Posted Jun 19, 2014
7.4/10 75% Chinese Puzzle (2014) " At it's best, this movie is pure fun. Those ignorant or forgetful of its predecessors might miss some references, but they won't have a problem enjoying its warmth, energy and humor. " ‐ Paste Magazine
Posted May 16, 2014
5.7/10 34% God's Pocket (2014) " God's Pocket has all the ingredients of a mischievous black comedy, but is neither sly nor merciless enough to embrace the absurdity of its tragedy. " ‐ Paste Magazine
Posted May 14, 2014
7.9/10 77% Noah (2014) " It's these uneasy shades of gray that make Noah such a compelling movie. " ‐ Paste Magazine
Posted Mar 28, 2014
7.5/10 98% Blackfish (2013) " Blackfish delivers ominous chills not because it documents orca whale attacks, but because it makes a clear, strong case that the attacks are of humankind's making. It's more Frankenstein than Jaws. " ‐ Paste Magazine
Posted Jan 1, 2014
8.1/10 82% Camille Claudel, 1915 (2013) " Art and madness have always coexisted, but Camille Claudel, 1915 is about what happens when you take away the art and stifle a troubled, extraordinary mind. " ‐ Paste Magazine
Posted Oct 24, 2013
6.3/10 67% 99%: The Occupy Wall Street Collaborative Film (2013) " It's not definitive, tidy or entirely cohesive, but hey, neither was the movement. " ‐ Paste Magazine
Posted Sep 19, 2013
2.3/10 71% Newlyweeds (2013) " It's hard to determine exactly what Newlyweeds wants to accomplish, but it's plain to see that it fails. " ‐ Paste Magazine
Posted Sep 19, 2013
5.6/10 67% Afternoon Delight (2013) " Part of Afternoon Delight wants to be a sitcom, and part wants to be a John Cassavetes film. That these two sides never find harmony is no surprise. " ‐ Paste Magazine
Posted Aug 29, 2013
6.7/10 93% The Spectacular Now (2013) " Director James Ponsoldt has adapted Tim Tharp's coming-of-age novel with heartfelt sincerity, but the movie lacks a cutting bite to push it past innocuous teenage drama to a truly deep portrait of adolescence. " ‐ Paste Magazine
Posted Aug 7, 2013
8.2/10 95% A Hijacking (2013) " A Hijacking delivers all the thrills the title suggests, but in none of the places you'd expect them. " ‐ Paste Magazine
Posted Jun 27, 2013
6.4/10 49% The Great Gatsby (2013) " It may never come close to what you've read, but you'll definitely see something new. " ‐ Paste Magazine
Posted May 10, 2013
7.3/10 84% Kon Tiki (2013) " Hagen's performance shows an unblinking determination that makes every near-death moment more unpredictable. " ‐ Paste Magazine
Posted Apr 26, 2013
8.3/10 98% Mud (2013) " Mud combines the poignance of a boy coming to terms with life's realities with the excitement of top-notch suspense. " ‐ Paste Magazine
Posted Apr 26, 2013
6.9/10 68% Wrong (2013) " This isn't a long film, but it lacks propulsion at times. Luckily, it maintains its wry outlook and never quite erases the good will that its best moments inspire. " ‐ Paste Magazine
Posted Apr 5, 2013
7.1/10 56% The End of Love (2013) " Those willing to drift along with it will find a compelling character study about a man coming to terms with himself, his son, and the people who enter their lives. " ‐ Paste Magazine
Posted Mar 14, 2013
6.6/10 80% The World According to Dick Cheney " Despite the shortcomings of the interview, the film assembles a portrait of the man's life, eventually keying in on his time as vice president to George W. Bush. " ‐ Paste Magazine
Posted Feb 5, 2013
6.1/10 56% Escape From Tomorrow (2013) " Escape from Tomorrow isn't awful, but it's the kind of film that makes you wish it were better than it is. " ‐ Paste Magazine
Posted Feb 5, 2013
4.3/10 85% We Are What We Are (2013) " We Are What We Are is a film that ought to feel like an amusement park terror ride, but instead comes off as a poor attempt at fine art. " ‐ Paste Magazine
Posted Feb 5, 2013
9.3/10 84% Upstream Color (2013) " Upstream Color builds a stunning mosaic of lives overwhelmed by decisions outside their control, of people who don't understand the impulses that rule their lives. " ‐ Paste Magazine
Posted Feb 1, 2013
5.9/10 55% Breathe In (2014) " Breathe In comes ever so close to pulling an emotionally satisfying romance from what is, at its core, a rather pervy story. " ‐ Paste Magazine
Posted Jan 25, 2013
7.2/10 96% Cutie And The Boxer (2013) " Heinzerling combines Noriko's drawings with contemporary footage to create a story that isn't only a tale of creative minds, but an honest love story. " ‐ Paste Magazine
Posted Jan 25, 2013
9.5/10 98% Before Midnight (2013) " Hangups, regrets and doubts have have become a greater part of Jesse and Celine's lives, and the film reflects that. But it also reminds us what made the couple such a lovable pair that they could hold our interest for 20 years. " ‐ Paste Magazine
Posted Jan 25, 2013
7.9/10 70% Les Misérables (2012) " The film features excellent singing, for the most part, but it also emphasizes fragility in a work that's largely defined by its grandiosity. " ‐ Paste Magazine
Posted Jan 4, 2013
8.7/10 93% Barbara (2012) " Barbara takes place in a world of such profound paranoia that it's never certain whether the title character is being overly cautious or reckless. " ‐ Paste Magazine
Posted Dec 14, 2012
3.4/10 19% Lay the Favorite (2012) " Poor Rebecca Hall. If someone had told her there was no hope for Lay the Favorite, she could have saved some energy. " ‐ Paste Magazine
Posted Dec 7, 2012
7.9/10 84% Smashed (2012) " Far from a typical tale of alcoholism, Smashed tells a very specific -- and at times quite funny -- story with rich characters. " ‐ Paste Magazine
Posted Nov 1, 2012
6.8/10 53% Simon and the Oaks (2012) " Simon and the Oaks is a lot of things, but above all, it is too much. " ‐ Paste Magazine
Posted Nov 1, 2012
9.2/10 85% The Master (2012) " The Master studies its characters with such mystique, tragedy and humor that there's not a moment that isn't enthralling. " ‐ Paste Magazine
Posted Sep 21, 2012
7.1/10 91% Safety Not Guaranteed (2012) " Rather than trying to beat Hollywood at its own game of high-tech gadgets and weaponry, director Colin Trevorrow and writer Derek Connolly achieve a sly mix of the insane and the mundane. " ‐ Paste Magazine
Posted Jun 15, 2012
4/5 82% In Bruges (2008) " Even when the film goes off the rails, however, it's still a fun ride. " ‐ Film Threat
Posted Jan 22, 2008
3.5/5 96% Nanking (2007) " While at times the film begins to feel like a laundry list of bad deeds, the first-person accounts pack a wallop. " ‐ Film Threat
Posted Feb 3, 2007
2/5 18% Chapter 27 (2007) " That anyone would allow this new guy into their lives is a complete stretch. " ‐ Film Threat
Posted Feb 3, 2007
4.5/5 67% Snow Angels (2007) " With a deep understanding of his characters, Green has crafted a film that's devastating and uplifting without sounding a false note. " ‐ Film Threat
Posted Jan 30, 2007
1/5 68% Flying: Confessions of A Free Woman (2007) " While it might have taken [director Jennifer Fox] several years to figure out what to do, any intelligent audience could do it in 90 minutes. But even if it were shorter, it wouldn't improve the lazy filmmaking. " ‐ Film Threat
Posted Jan 25, 2007
2.5/5 85% Wonders Are Many: The Making of Doctor Atomic (2008) " The film oddly attempts to combine the backstage production footage with history-lesson segments. While skillfully crafted, the two stories never quite mesh, and neither go deep enough to work on their own. " ‐ Film Threat
Posted Jan 25, 2007
3/5 89% Waitress (2007) " Full of off-kilter characters who don't talk like anyone in real life, but sound a truthful chord. " ‐ Film Threat
Posted Jan 25, 2007
3.5/5 88% Reprise (2006) " A work that's deeper, funnier and more inventive than most indie films about young creative types lost in youthful exploits. " ‐ Film Threat
Posted Jan 25, 2007
4/5 82% Protagonist (2007) " [Director Jessica] Yu structures the stories in a manner that is not instantly understandable, but inspires attention with its profound puzzle. " ‐ Film Threat
Posted Jan 25, 2007
3.5/5 97% Once (2007) " John Carney's direction is unassuming and without a hint of pretension, and his short screenplay lets the music do a lot of the talking. " ‐ Film Threat
Posted Jan 25, 2007
4/5 No Score Yet Offscreen (2006) " [Director] Boe and co-writer Knud Romer Jorgensen move what could have been a self-indulgent mess unpredictably as their star continues to lose his grasp on reality and find a way to make a satisfying story. " ‐ Film Threat
Posted Jan 25, 2007
3.5/5 89% Joe Strummer: The Future Is Unwritten (2007) " [Director] Temple succeeds in creating a portrait neither glowing nor damning, but representative of a remarkable man. " ‐ Film Threat
Posted Jan 25, 2007
2/5 63% The Island (2007) " The Island is an aimless and unconvincing parable masquerading as a Bergmanesque art film. " ‐ Film Threat
Posted Jan 25, 2007
3/5 100% Hot House (2006) " There's a lot of powerful footage in the film, revealing the startling simplicity with which many of the prisoners view their actions. " ‐ Film Threat
Posted Jan 25, 2007
3.5/5 62% Grace Is Gone (2007) " Grace is Gone is a film that depends entirely on whether you feel empathy for its characters. Luckily, John Cusack's brilliant performance as Stan captures the experience of a newly bereaved husband whose wife dies while serving in Iraq. " ‐ Film Threat
Posted Jan 25, 2007
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